The community of Gardendale, Alabama, is excited — and for good reason.
On June 2, the city, located north of Birmingham, broke ground on the $32 million redevelopment of Bill Noble Park.
The park, which is named for William Noble, former mayor of Gardendale, is adding a sports complex that will feature nine baseball/softball fields, eight tennis courts, 11 pickleball courts and more.
Construction has already started on the sports complex, with the venue slated to be completed by spring 2023. The park redevelopment was designed by Williams Blackstock Architects, HNP Landscape Architects, LBYD Engineers. and is being constructed by Stone Building Company.
“This sports complex will allow us the chance to be considered throughout the entire southern region for upcoming events,” said Dale Hyche, parks and recreation director of the City of Gardendale. “The economic impact of driving visitors to Gardendale by attracting and hosting large tournaments gives all residents of Gardendale a reason to celebrate this grand opening.”
The City of Gardendale, in coordination with management partner Sports Facilities Companies, will begin hiring for the venue in the coming months. The park is expected to produce more than $45 million in estimated economic impact through new visitor spending in the first five years of operation.
“This is a proud day for not only our city but all of Jefferson County,” said Mayor Stan Hogeland. “For many years, citizens have come to me saying that they wish we had a park where boys and girls could play together. Well, that time has come. From synthetic turf fields to places to play tennis, pickleball, football, soccer, lacrosse, beach volleyball, to the unbelievable playground and even a putting green — this park offers something for the entire family. Then, on the weekends we will flip a switch turning it into an economic development engine that will benefit our local businesses and help us track new growth as well.”